Trash and Recycling
Solid Waste Regulations
Johnson County adopted new solid waste regulations in October 2010, which became effective January 1, 2012. For more information on the regulations and Johnson County's solid waste management program, visit www.jocogov.org.
Trash Containers and Collection
Residential trash pick up is NOT a city-provided service. It is the responsibility of individual residents or homes associations to arrange for service with one of the city's permitted trash haulers.
Trash must be collected at least once weekly at all properties. On trash collection day, containers may be placed outside on private property for pickup. On other days, containers and bags must be either stored indoors or placed outside behind the front of the residence and screened from view.
Large Item Pickup
Twice each year, the City of Merriam Public Works Department conducts a large item pickup campaign for residents during the third full weeks of April and October. For additional information, and a list of items the city will NOT collect, call 913-322-5570.
April 2017:The next large-item pickup campaign will run April 17– 21, 2017. More information, a complete schedule, and a list of acceptable items is availableHERE.
Special Pickup Services
- City Tree Limb Pickup: March 20-24, 2017
All trash haulers who operate in the City of Merriam are required to offer recycling as part of their services. Since items accepted for recycling vary by hauler, check with your trash provider to see what items are approved for recycling pickup.
Community Recycling Event:The Cities of Merriam and Shawnee are once again collaborating on a community-wide recycling event that will provide an opportunity for residents to drop off a variety of items in one convenient location. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 8-11 a.m., in the parking lot of Lee Jeans at 9001 West 67th Street, behind Carmax, east of I-35.
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Last year's event was a huge success! During this event:
- A total of 36,575 lbs. of e-waste was collected;
- 17,700 lbs. of documents were shredded; and
- 120 used bikes were collected!
Recycling Centers:There are more ways to recycle than just through a curbside collection program. You can take your materials to a community recycling drop-off center. There are several in Johnson County:
- Overland Park Recycling Drop-off Center - 11921 Hardy (just off 119th between Metcalf and Antioch).
- Downtown Olathe Recycling Drop-off Center - Kansas Ave. and Poplar St. in the Farmers' Market.
- East Olathe Recycling Drop-off Center - 13600 S. Alden St. near 135th and BLack Bob in the NE corner of the Wal-Mart parking lot.
- West Olathe Recycling Drop-off - Parker and Santa Fe, north of the pharmacy drive-through in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
- Deffenbaugh Recycling Drop-off Center - I-435 and Holiday Drive at the Landfill entrance.
Electronics Recycling:Looking to dispose of unwanted electronics, there are several options available to Johnson County residents. Old computers, TVs, stereos, and nearly anything with a cord can be recycled free of charge through the eWaste Recycling Program in Olathe. Johnson County Health and Environment also provides additional drop-off locations on their website.
Latex Paint:Have a few cans of latex paint you don’t need anymore? Johnson County Household Hazardous collects unneeded latex paint. Since latex paint is not hazardous, once collected it is solidified with clay type kitty litter and thrown in trash. Good paint is used in their latex paint recycling program, and re-blended latex paint is available to the public free of charge for exterior painting. Click here to learn more about how you can identify latex paint, or visit the HHW website to make a drop-off appointment.
Glass:Ripple Glass, a glass collection and processing company, has placed numerous purple glass recycling bins throughout the county. These drop-off locations are conveniently located so you can swing by and drop off your glass recycling while running other errands. To find a location near you, click here.
RecycleSpot.org:The Mid-America Regional Council has a searchable database on their website for finding exactly where to take specific items. It is searchable by material, city, or county. Click here to visit the RecycleSpot.org website.
Household Hazardous Waste
Improper disposal of household hazardous waste, such as paint, oil, and fertilizers, can cause serious environmental concerns and may present a health hazard to people who come in contact with the improperly disposed items.
Johnson County residents can safely get rid of household hazardous waste products at no charge by visiting the Johnson County Environmental Department's disposal facility. The disposal facility is available by appointment only, but appointments can easily be made by calling 913-715-6900 or online.
Household hazardous waste includes paint, oil, compact fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, stains, solvents, insecticides and pool chemicals. To help identify other common household hazardous waste items that shouldn't be thrown in the trash, look on product labels for words such as "corrosive," "reactive," "toxic," "flammable," or "explosive."